Spectacular Drone Views Of Giza Present the Pyramid in an Unusual Perspective

All photos © Alexander Ladanivskyy, shared with permission By CHRISTOPHER JOBSON Ukrainian photographer Alexander Ladanivskyy travels the world in search of spectacular images including idyllic scenes of Icelandic waterfalls, ancient mountain cities in Jordan, and the collision of history and modernity in Nepal. Last April, he teamed up with the Ministry of Tourism in Egypt to shoot one of the most photographed landmarks on Earth: the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Not satisfied with recreating perspectives found on postcards and Instagram feeds, Ladanivskyy instead used a drone to shoot the 4,600-year-old structure squarely from above at different altitudes. The series offers … Continue reading Spectacular Drone Views Of Giza Present the Pyramid in an Unusual Perspective

Japanese Food Artist Uses Toast as Her Canvas for Edible Masterpieces

By Emma Taggart  Since it’s the most important meal of the day, many of us are pretty particular about how we like our breakfast. Toast is a staple for most, but for Japanese designer Manami Sasaki, slices of bread aren’t just tasty snacks—they’re her artistic canvas. She meticulously tops toast with colorful ingredients to create edible designs based on Japanese art and geometric patterns. These breakfasts aren’t the type of meal you can quickly prepare and eat as you run out the door. Sasaki spends hours cutting and positioning each ingredient on the toasted bread with perfect precision. For one eye-catching spring-inspired … Continue reading Japanese Food Artist Uses Toast as Her Canvas for Edible Masterpieces

Chloe Jafe Takes Big Risks as She Photographs the Japanese Mafia

“Idon’t really consider the people I photograph as ‘subjects’ because a lot of them become part of my life,” says Chloe Jafe. She adds, “it’s a moment of connection, an exchange, where vulnerability is on both sides. Photography is just what is left from the moment.” Jafe, who’s based in Japan, has fully immersed herself in the culture. For a photographer, living in Japan offers a range of interesting topics. In Jafe’s case, she found herself focusing her creative energy on the Yakuza, otherwise known as the Japanese mafia. It’s a series of photographs and encounters that have spanned over … Continue reading Chloe Jafe Takes Big Risks as She Photographs the Japanese Mafia

‘Revolutionary’ photo book of lesbians reissued for the first time since 1979

“Lesbian women were so invisible, even to one other, depending on where you lived,” said Lisa Vogel, 64, who appears in two photographs in the book. By Julius Constantine Motal Where there was absence, Joan E. Biren saw potential. As a lesbian and photographer in the early 1970s, Biren, who goes by JEB, said she was dismayed at the dearth of images that truly reflected her life and the lives of so many in the lesbian community. So, around 1970, she borrowed a camera from a friend and simply held it out at arm’s length as she and her lover at … Continue reading ‘Revolutionary’ photo book of lesbians reissued for the first time since 1979

Photographer Creates His Own 78-Card Tarot Deck Inspired by His Sleep Paralysis

Death By Sara Barnes  [Interview] This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info. Like many people, photographer Nicolas Bruno is enthralled by tarot cards. Having interacted with the mysterious cards at a young age, the deck of divination continued to pique his interest into adulthood. Now, Bruno’s latest series, titled The Somnia Tarot, depicts the entire 78-card deck and considers the symbology behind the alluring images that are often used to predict the future. Bruno began his tarot card photography by referring to his portfolio of surreal imagery. His previous … Continue reading Photographer Creates His Own 78-Card Tarot Deck Inspired by His Sleep Paralysis

A Photographer’s Hilarious Photos of Being Stuck in Quarantine with Ex-Wife and Mother

by Phil Mistry Neil Kramer has spent close to a year quarantining with his ex-wife and mother in a two-bedroom, one-bathroom Queens, New York City rent-controlled compact apartment. This has produced a sitcom of chaotically humorous photographs that are actually based on real-life situations that have occurred while they are holed up. His mother usually spends winters in Boca Raton, Florida, but when her plans fell through, she asked her son if she could stay with him for the winter. At the same time, his ex-wife, who was in California, had a roof leak that destroyed her apartment, and she … Continue reading A Photographer’s Hilarious Photos of Being Stuck in Quarantine with Ex-Wife and Mother

Arquitectura Libre

Photographer Adam Wiseman explores the fanciful freestyle structures that are built throughout rural Mexico without regard for building codes or classical ideas of beauty in architecture. Photographs by Adam Wiseman Essay by Erin Lee Mexico is notorious for the many ways by which rules can be bent or broken, where a high tolerance for disorder and lawlessness can offer as many opportunities as it does problems. Adam Wiseman’s exploration of what he calls ‘Arquitectura Libre’ (Free Architecture) in rural areas of Mexico shows the extent to which homeowners are freed from standardized practices, uniform building codes or even any kind of … Continue reading Arquitectura Libre

Struth’s unpeopled photos evoke the loneliness of urban life

By Richard Demingis a poet, art critic, and theorist. He is a senior lecturer in English and director of creative writing at Yale University. He is the author of the poetry collections Let’s Not Call It Consequence (2008) and Day for Night (2016) and the books Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (2008), Art of the Ordinary: the Everyday Domain of Art, Film, Literature, and Philosophy (2018) and Touch of Evil (2020). Edited by Marina Benjamin I’m making my way across lower Manhattan on an early May afternoon, my mask snug and my glasses quickly fogging so the whole city looks hazy and indistinct. Behind me, a beer … Continue reading Struth’s unpeopled photos evoke the loneliness of urban life

The Therapeutic Power of Photography Transforms Pain into Beauty

By Miss Rosen  Without thinking we find ways to distance ourselves from the discomforts and indignities of life, denying the horrors that befall strangers, downplaying those may touch our lives, for trauma is one of the most difficult tragedies to manage and heal when it befalls our lives. Though it surrounds us in countless forms, we seek ways to buffer its relentless effect, trying to mediate the toll it takes on our physical, psychological, and spiritual state. Whether we keep ourselves disconnected and numb or become volatile and reactionary, the wound often goes untreated, festering and growing worse while the pain … Continue reading The Therapeutic Power of Photography Transforms Pain into Beauty

See America’s National Parks—Before They Were National Parks

Landscape photography like this helped create the National Park system. BY WINNIE LEE  In 1861, photographer Carleton E. Watkins lugged his custom-made oversized camera, designed to shoot on unusually large glass plate negatives, measuring 18 by 22 inches, to Yosemite in California. It was roughly 2,000 pounds of photography equipment that went with him, on the backs of mules, through the challenging terrain. His “mammoth” photos, using a difficult wet-collodion process, of such wonders as El Capitan, Mariposa Grove, and Cathedral Rocks, revealed an exquisite bit of Eden to viewers, especially those on the East Coast. “These earliest photographs of Yosemite resulted … Continue reading See America’s National Parks—Before They Were National Parks